Wilmington, N.C. - - - The Morehead City Marlins three-game win streak over Wilmington came to an end tonight as the Marlins fall to the Sharks in heartbreaking fashion by a final score of 6-5 from Buck Hardee Field at Legion Stadium Friday evening. Wilmington pinch hitter Cory Everett (Guilford Tech CC) hit a walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth inning to snap the Sharks four-game losing streak. Wilmington scored all of its first five runs on solo home runs in the contest.
Morehead City is now 8-8 overall, while Wilmington improves to 6-9. The Marlins conclude their brief two-game road trip tomorrow night when they face the Edenton Steamers from Historic Hicks Field. First pitch is set for a 7:05 p.m. start.
MHC designated hitter Daulton Weeks (USC Aiken) and center fielder Wesley Weeks (North Florida) each finished 3-for-4 at the plate, while W. Weeks tallied a pair of RBIs to lead the offense. First baseman Nick Podkul (Notre Dame), catcher Ryan Clinch (UNC Greensboro) and left fielder Derek Olenchuk (Newberry) all went 1-for-3 with a run scored. Third baseman Trevor Putzig (Tennessee Tech) tallied a 2-for-5 effort.
For Wilmington, right fielder Trevor McCutchin (Oral Roberts) and second baseman Noah Michael (South Alabama) both went 2-for-3 with a pair of runs scored. McCutchin and Michael also tallied two and one RBI in the contest, respectively. Catcher Danny Wondrack (College of Charleston) finished 2-for-4 with two home runs.
The Marlins struck first on a RBI single by W. Weeks to give the visitors an early 1-0 advantage in the top of the second inning. Wilmington responded in the bottom frame of the third inning with a pair of solo home runs from McCutchin and Wondrack to take a 2-1 lead.
A RBI single and go-ahead double by Podkul and W. Weeks put the Marlins in front by a score of 3-2. The two-run flurry was followed by second baseman Steven Taylor (Mercer) coming home on a wild pitch to make it 4-2 in the visiting half of the sixth.
Wilmington tied the game at 4-4 on two more solo home runs in the bottom of the sixth and seventh inning. Wondrack clubbed his second dinger of the game to make it 4-3 in the sixth before Michael knotted the score in the seventh with a solo shot.
Morehead City grabbed the 5-4 advantage on a RBI single by Taylor in the top of the eighth before McCutchin's second homer of the evening knotted the contest up at 5-5 heading to the ninth. Everett ripped a single up the middle scoring Michael in the bottom of the ninth to seal the Wilmington victory.
Sharks right-handed pitcher Graham Lawson (South Carolina) got the win, improving to 1-0. Marlins lefty Octavio Mirabal (King University) took the loss, falling to 0-2. MHC starting righty Zach Usselman (NC State) led all pitchers with a strong starting performance, allowing two earned runs through five innings of work with five hits and nine strikeouts.
The Morehead City Marlins return home to Puck O'Neal Field at Big Rock Stadium for Father's Day (June 18) versus the Edenton Steamers at 7:05 p.m. The Marlins then host the Wilmington Sharks again Monday night at the same time followed by an off-day on Tuesday, June 20.
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